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    Watch Owners

    So I am looking for a reputable watchmaker. I'm not sure who owns watches on this forum but I figured I would ask. I have heard a lot of terrible stories about "watchmakers" and dealers scratching watches doing something as simple as changing a band.

    I have inherited a watch from my recently decease Grandfather, so obviously it means a lot to me; however watches are almost impossible to keep in impeccable condition (especially on the clasp and band) so I am looking to see if anyone knows a reputable watchmaker who can do repairs on stainless still (scratches etc.)- the clasp has a brand marker on it, and my grandfather created some scratches on the clasp and band and I would like to have it restored. I have heard horror stories of jewelers buffing off the brand mark and being the sentimental person I am I would like to keep this watch in as original condition as possible (not to mention replacing the clasp itself may be a very expensive piece).

    All input and advice appreciated

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    I highly recommend Jin Lee at Jin's Pro-Service Watch Center 10370 Alpharetta St Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-8500.

    He has repaired an antique watch for me, currently has one of my watches for service and one time I took a watch in and he was very honest that it was not something he was comfortable working on and he recommended sending it to a specialist in NY. I'm not sure if he polishes watches but he would be my first stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWI View Post
    I highly recommend Jin Lee at Jin's Pro-Service Watch Center 10370 Alpharetta St Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-8500.

    He has repaired an antique watch for me, currently has one of my watches for service and one time I took a watch in and he was very honest that it was not something he was comfortable working on and he recommended sending it to a specialist in NY. I'm not sure if he polishes watches but he would be my first stop.

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    Awesome Ty Ty- I have contacted "Best of Time" located in Marietta, I was given a very good price and was rather reassured by the associate but I would like some to hear about some first hand experience from board members. How are his prices?

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    Take detailed pictures with a time stamp on it of the watch. This is just a CYA thing. I had a watch I took to a "reputable" shop (and he WAS) to get regulated and they scratch the living hell (deep gouge) in the back cover. He denied the whole thing and then tried to turn it around on me....that I was trying to get him to fix my watch for free. Talk about making a scene....I went ****ing nuts on him.

    Not saying that will happen by any means, but just have detailed pics as backup. Let me know how it turns out. I have some old pieces that could use some TLC again once I have some $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gamecock View Post
    Take detailed pictures with a time stamp on it of the watch. This is just a CYA thing. I had a watch I took to a "reputable" shop (and he WAS) to get regulated and they scratch the living hell (deep gouge) in the back cover. He denied the whole thing and then tried to turn it around on me....that I was trying to get him to fix my watch for free. Talk about making a scene....I went ****ing nuts on him.

    Not saying that will happen by any means, but just have detailed pics as backup. Let me know how it turns out. I have some old pieces that could use some TLC again once I have some $$$.
    This was something I was definitely going to do prior to take it in. I have heard this in respect to jewelry and figured it would certainly apply to a piece like this.

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    does he do rolex service? mine is way overdue.

    Quote Originally Posted by TWI View Post
    I highly recommend Jin Lee at Jin's Pro-Service Watch Center 10370 Alpharetta St Roswell, GA 30075 (770) 993-8500.

    He has repaired an antique watch for me, currently has one of my watches for service and one time I took a watch in and he was very honest that it was not something he was comfortable working on and he recommended sending it to a specialist in NY. I'm not sure if he polishes watches but he would be my first stop.

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    I have also heard great reviews from this place: http://www.bowerswatchandclockrepair.com/

    Apparently it is family owned, I have heard things such as $8.50 for link removal. I am looking for scratch removal on Stainless Steel- I am just concerned with the company crest on the clasp and getting buffed off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butthead View Post
    does he do rolex service? mine is way overdue.
    Yep. I can't remember the price but he (Jin Lee - the owner) does the service on site and is in your hood. You should swing by and check out his pricing/timing.

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    Amazon has canvas strap automatic movement Seiko's on sale for $45 today. I don't know if this is a good deal or not, but at $45 it hit my impulse purchase price point, largely in memory of my step-grandfather who wore an automatic Seiko for the 15 years that I knew him. His was a metal band 'dress' watch, but close enough for justification.

    I bought black, but it comes in three colors:


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    cool watch for $45.

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